trigger finger

1. any finger, usually the forefinger, that presses the trigger of a gun.
2. either forefinger, depending on which hand is dominant.
3. Pathol. difficulty in straightening or bending a ring finger, caused by inflammation and thickening of its tendon.
[1820-30]

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